50th Anniversary Commemoration
Celebration, Consciousness-Raising, Sowing the Future
Our yearlong celebration during the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 will recognize the founding of our CCS program in 1969 and fifty years of engagement with social justice-oriented scholarship and community service.
Spring 2020 Events
Chicana/o/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History—50 Years of Art Activism
On display February 8-April 5, 2020
This multisite art exhibition celebrates the Department’s 50th anniversary and is centered at the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibit features historic and contemporary examples of printmaking from the 1940s through today, and highlights printing as one of the oldest art formats for Chicana/o/x artists. The exhibition examines community concerns and dreams, pride and cultural affirmation, and the use of art as a political tool and artists as agents of social change.
Drawn largely from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores García Collection of Latino Art, Chicano/a/x Printmaking presents a robust selection of important artworks and artists. Artists and groups in the exhibition include Yreina Cervantes, Rupert Garcia, Diane Gamboa, Ester Hernández, Malaquías Montoya, Salvador Roberto Torres, Victor Ochoa, and Self-Help Graphics, among others.
Artemio Rodriguez, The Piñata that Doesn’t Fall, 2015; linoleum cut on paper; 32 x 23 inches; copyright © Artemio Rodriguez, courtesy of the artist
Opening receptions for each partner site are as follows:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20: 5-8 pm
SDSU Downtown Gallery
Gallery tour with Amelia Malagamba and Gilberto Cárdenas, 6:15-6:45 pm
725 W. Broadway
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21: 10 am-1 pm
COLEF Opening reception and panel discussion
Lectures associated with the art exhibit:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
SDSU, Hepner Hall 221, 5:30-6:45 pm. Lecture by artist Victor Ochoa
SDSU, Arts and Letters 104, 7:00-8:15 pm. Lecture by scholar Amelia Malagamba
THURSDAY, MARCH 19
SDSU Downtown Gallery, 6-7 pm. Gallery talk by Dr. Norma Iglesias Prieto
Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History—50 Years of Art Activism is organized by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in collaboration with the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by Ruben Islas, Nadia Gastelum, Adrienne and Juan Vargas, Gilberto Cárdenas, Southwest Airlines, ArtStartArt, the College of Arts and Letters, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU, and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information about the exhibition or events, please contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Director at [email protected].
Directions to SDSU Downtown Gallery
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5 pm and exit before Midnight.
*Garage main entrance closes at 7 pm. After 7 pm, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.
From the east or SDSU campus:
Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.
From the north or south:
Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.
Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance
Film Retrospective with the San Diego Latino Film Festival!
March 12-22, 2020
As a special collaboration with the department, this year’s San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 12-22), will feature a retrospective of Chicana/o/x films and guest appearances by award-winning directors. For details and ticket prices, visit sdlatinofilm.com.
One film will be screened at SDSU at no charge.
SDSU Screening of (TBD)
Monday, March 16 | 7-9:30 pm | Hardy Tower 140
50th Anniversary Community Celebration Dinner and Program
Saturday, March 21 | 5-9 pm | Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
Dinner program and dance celebrating 50 years of social justice-oriented research
and community service in Chicana/o Studies!
Musical performances by the Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlán, Coral McFarland-Thuet, and Tavo & Mariachi 3.0.
Limited number of tickets. More details coming soon!
Student Research Symposium
Friday, April 17 | 10 am-4 pm | Scripps Cottage
Panels and poster sessions featuring original work by our Chicana/o Studies students.
Salvador Roberto Torres, Viva la Raza, 1998; screenprint on paper; 35 x 28 inches; copyright ©Salvador Roberto Torres, courtesy of the artist.
Lecture: Chicana/o/x Expressive Cultures
Friday, May 1 | 1 pm | Location TBD
Presented by Professor Norma Mendoza-Denton (UCLA). In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics and Middle Eastern Languages.
Fall 2019 Events
Just Like Us
This play, by Karen Zacarias, is about four young Mexican-American women who have lived in the U.S. since childhood. It explores the women’s personal life stories and the complex and controversial politics that surround the issue of immigration. Directed by Peter Cirino.
September 27-October 6, 2019 | Experimental Theatre | SDSU
$17 students/$20 public
Faculty member Dr. Roberto Hernández will be present to give a talk-back at the end of the performance on Saturday, September 28th only. Join us!
This theatre production is in collaboration with SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film and Arts Alive!
International Conference Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Hosted by COLEF
- Academic Panels
- Photography Exhibit
- Art Exhibit
- Film Festival
October 10-12, 2019 | Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) | Tijuana
Free and open to the public
Members of Culture Clash, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, will be curating a 90-minute performance/lecture/Q & A. Each artist will be featuring their solo work along with endearing characters they have portrayed as members of Culture Clash!
This event is presented in collaboration with MALAS, SDSU Press, General Studies, and One SDSU.
October 15, 2019 | 4-6 pm | Student Union Theater| SDSU
Free and open to the public
Lens on Chicana/o/x Children’s Literature
This exhibit of contemporary children’s books introduces readers to key authors, illustrators, and major publishers. Cosponsored by CCS, the exhibit is organized by the Children's Literature Librarian Linda Salem and the SDSU Library. They join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary!
Location: Children’s books area, Love Library, 4thfloor
October 21, 2019 - May 15, 2020
Image: The book Dreamers by Chicana author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. It was selected this year as the One Book One San Diego selection for children by KPBS and the San Diego Public Library.
Day of the Dead Altar — “Those That Came Before: Stolen and Offered Lives”
In collaboration with the Chicano/a Collection at Love Library, Dr. Norma Iglesias Prieto’s CCS students will build a large traditional altar to honor Chicano/a/x-Latino/a/x civil rights activists, especially local activists. We will also honor migrants, including children, who have died trying to cross the border. In conjunction with the altar, a temporary wall mural focusing on the origins of our department will be on display near the entrance to the Collection as well as a student-created archive exhibit using materials from the Chicana/o Archive. The altar will be presented November 1-15 and serve as a programming platform for other events.
November 1-15, 2019 | SDSU | Chicana and Chicano Collection Love Library
Day of the Dead Commemoration and Program
- Short lecture
- Art project
The program will include an overview of the meanings of Day of the Dead, a recognition of the individuals whose pictures appear on the altar, and a musical performance. Biographies of the local civil rights activists honored on the altar will be available for viewing. These were researched, written, and produced by Chicana/o Studies students and will subsequently be placed in the library’s Special Collections.
November 1 | 12-1:30 pm | Chicana/o Collection, Love Library
Free and open to the public
Thanks to generous contributions by various donors.
In collaboration with the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Dr. Alda Blanco will curate a mural titled Origins: SDSU’s Department of Chicano Studies (1968-1972) as part of our 50th anniversary commemoration activities. The mural will be located just outside the Chicana and Chicano Collection in Love Library on the first floor. Dates: In process, TBA.
Dr. Blanco’s curatorial statement:
“The mural tells the story of how a fearless handful of Chicano students and faculty established one of the first Chicano Studies departments in the nation. Told through documents from SDSU’s magnificent Chicana and Chicano Archive Collection (Special Collections, Love Library), Origins honors and celebrates the political imagination and tireless activism of those who fought to create and institutionalize Chicano knowledge to contest the white gaze that was dominant in institutions of higher education.”
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Juan Felipe Herrera Poetry Reading
California Poet Laureate (2012-2014), U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-2017), and the first Mexican-American to hold these positions, Juan Felipe Herrera will read from his works.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, History, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Linguistics
and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, the National Center for
the Study of Children's Literature, the Center for Latin American Studies, the SDSU
Living Writers Series, and the College of Arts and Letters.
November 6 | 4-5:30 pm | Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre | SDSU
Free and open to the public
SDSU Parking Information
All cars (even those with ADA placards/plates) need an SDSU parking permit to park in student or visitor spaces. Save time and money by purchasing a parking permit prior to driving to campus. Create a guest account through the Aztec Parking Portal, purchase the $6/day permit, and place the printed permit on your dash once parked in a student parking structure. Permits can also be purchased on campus for $3/hour or via PayByPhone App (download prior to arriving on campus).
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